Spiritual Armor: Salvation's Helmet

I. The Christian soldier must be spiritually armed.

A. The Truth Belt is the initial piece.

1. It involves, of course, a knowledge of the Word of God (John 17:17)

2. It involves “doing” the Truth (1 John 1:6-7)

3. It is the greatest defense against deception and lie (2 Corinthians 4:2).

B. The Breastplate of Righteousness must be put on.

1. It is the “abiding” in God that secures righteousness (1 John 3:5-10)

2. It is “yielding” to being an “instrument” of righteousness (Romans 6:13-22)

3. It is the greatest defense against the horrible consequences of sin (Ephesians 5:1-6; Colossians 3:1-6).

C. The Shoes of Preparation must be “latched” firmly.

1. It requires “cleansing” of relationships (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

2. It requires being “ready always” (1 Peter 3:15)

3. It “contending” for the faith (Jude 3)

4. It is the greatest defense against a false gospel (Jude 4)

D. The Shield of Faith is “above all” the other pieces of armor.

1. It is a “persuasion” that the message of God is true (Acts 26:25-28).

2. It is a “reliance” on God and not ourselves (2 Corinthians 1:9; Luke 18:9)

3. It comes by “hearing” the Word of God (Romans 10:17)

4. It is the greatest defense against the “wiles” of the devil (Ephesians 6:16; 2 Corinthians 2:11

II. The Christian soldier must take up and put on Gods’ Helmet of Salvation.

A. The helmet of a soldier is absolutely vital in warfare.

1. It protects against all mental incapacity.

a. Protection against stunning blows (temporary ineffectiveness (Colossians 4:6).
b. Protection against unconsciousness (temporary inability to fight (Philippians 1:17)
c. Protection against instantly fatal blows (becoming a permanent casualty (1 Timothy 1:19)

2. It is the mind of Christ (Romans 7:23-25)

a. The “standard issue” of protection for every Christian soldier (Ephesians 1:13; Acts 4:12)
b. The duplicate of the brilliant armor of Jesus Christ himself (Isaiah 59:16-17)
c. The instrument by which we are transformed from the world (Romans 12:1-2)

B. The Helmet of Salvation has many military applications.

1. It is a “horn” (mountain, hill) upon which to stand (2 Samuel 22:3)

2. It is a “shield” (military guard) for protection (2 Samuel 22:36)

3. It is a “rock” (fortress) for defensive action (2 Samuel 22:47)

4. It is a “tower” (fortified city) from which to campaign (2 Samuel 22:51)

5. It is a “wall” (rampart - parapet) to fight from (Isaiah 26:1)

C. The Helmet of Salvation is also described as a source of joy and happiness.

1. It is our “glory…strength and refuge” (Psalm 62:7)

2. It is our “cup” of salvation (Psalm 16:5-6; Psalm 116:13)

3. It is the “health of our countenance” (Psalm 42:11)

4. It is “hope” of final rescue (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

5. It is joyous “hope in God” (Psalm 43:5)

6. It is the “strength” and “song” of our rejoicing (Psalm 118:14-15)

III. The Christian soldier puts on many things with the Helmet of Salvation.

A. Salvation always involves an intense desire for God’s help through his word.

1. We “faint” (languish, long) for God’s salvation (Psalm 119:81)

2. We seek for salvation until our “eyes fail” (Psalm 119:123)

3. We “long” (ache) for the help of God (Psalm 119:174)

B. Salvation is also a total reliance on the sufficiency of God.

1. We audibly and openly confess our relationship with God (Romans 10:10)

2. We must not fear, but stand still, and watch God work (Exodus 14:13)

3. We are to rejoice in the sufficiency of God’s presence with us (Isaiah 12:2-6)

4. We “make war” through the many counselors of God (Proverbs 24:6)

C. Salvation is an active “work” in the spiritual battle.

1. We are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13)

2. We are to fight with the strength of confidence (Psalm 119:161-168)

3. We must continue growing in the knowledge of the Scriptures to increase our wisdom in salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

4. We must rejoice in the preaching of the Gospel (Philippians 1:18-19)

Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#20
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
6:16

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